Richard Meier to design Vinci Partners’ new headquarters in Brazil

Richard Meier & Partners Architects has been selected to design new international headquarters for Vinci Partners in Brazil.

The design scheme of the new 50,000ft² office building consists of open office spaces and a series of terraces.

The seven-storey building will be located in the Leblon neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro and will comprise ten floors rising to a height of 25m, with a leasable floor area of 6,500m².

The building will have a large lobby that will anchor the building to an open retail plaza; a three-storey underground structure will offer additional leasable spaces and 26,000ft² of parking.

The project's design partner-in-charge Bernhard Karpf said that each element of the building's organisation reflects a focus on sustainable architecture and the use of efficient materials and construction techniques.

"We hope the new building is not only sustainable and efficient, but also the best working environment in the neighbourhood of Leblon," Karpf said.

On the east of the building, an internal courtyard will be created to provide natural daylight on two exposures for all office spaces.

The building will be alienated from urban frontage and covered with a set of louvres that will offer sun shading and privacy to its western part.

The office building, which is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification, is scheduled to open in 2014.